Seen on a recent field trip. (Photo: Sabra Smith)
Visual evidence of why old windows are important. Seen in Lancaster, PA. (Photo: Sabra Smith)
This morning there are reports of a two-alarm fire at the Suit Corner building on the corner of Market and N. 3rd Streets. Photos show flames on the roof of the five-story building next to the Suit Corner store.
A recent Time Machine post noted the collapse of the graphically attention-grabbing Shirt Corner buildings kitty corner to the location of the fire. I said that we’d at least still have the Suit Corner graphics — but that appears doubtful now.
Philly CBS news offers an updated report that says the fire started in the front window of the Suit Corner building.
Dramatic photo gallery at the NBC website.
There’s a lot of brick construction in Philadelphia, what with all the city’s connections to colonial times. What is not appreciated often enough is the rich portfolio of architecture from other periods, from Victorian to mid-century modern, found within the city limits.
Sometimes you look left while crossing the street and come across the most remarkable layers…
While I was still working in Old City, work began on rehabbing the old brick buildings — better known as Shirt Corner, for the bold red, white, and blue graphic painted on their exteriors.
Not long after, this happened.
The article reports that the buildings were found to be unstable while the rehab work was underway, necessitating demolition. Though I have heard cynical old building fans express the opinion that clearing the site was the plan all along, providing the owner with a large, cleared lot and the option for new construction without working around old buildings.
Either way, we would have lost the bold bicentennial-era graphics.
But at least we still have Suit Corner across the street.
The Plaza Hotel (built 1927) in Camden, New Jersey, is no more.
Heavy equipment started work on razing the building on Tuesday, February 25. The demolition crew anticipates leveling the site in a few weeks.
A local member of the Camden County Historical Society calls the building’s demise another case of demolition by neglect, blaming absentee owners for the loss.
According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The seven-floor brick hotel in its heyday featured a German dining room and live music in the ballroom. Its proximity to the RCA recording studio made it a common place for visiting musicians to stay.”